House of Flying Daggers
Sunday, December 19, 1:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Dir. Zhang Yimou. 2004, 119 mins. 35mm. With Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau. After reinventing his career with 2002’s extravagant action spectacle Hero, nineties critical darling of Chinese cinema Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) pushed his style into even more florid extremes with the remarkable, color-saturated, Tang Dynasty–era wuxia fantasy House of Flying Daggers. Still hot from her international breakthrough in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Zhang Ziyi plays a dancer and daughter of a suspected Robin Hood–like rebel leader; after she is arrested by military police (superstars Kaneshiro and Lau), a series of brutal reversals and betrayals ensue. But the real star here is the director’s excessive, self-conscious visual pastiche, an onslaught of gravity-defying action and ravishing color captured in precise, vibrant detail.
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